Albany Devils: (14-20-0-3, 31 points, 7th place East Division)
January 11, 2011: @ Worcester Sharks (Top AHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks). Their first tilt in Worcester saw the Devils come out on top 3-2 on the strength of a third period goal by Matt Anderson to force OT. After a scoreless extra frame it was Anderson again providing the theatrics with the winner in the shootout. Goalie Mike McKenna recorded 25 saves in the victory. In their second meeting at Albany the Devils rallied back from a 3-0 deficit in the third on goals by Matt Anderson, Stephen Gionta and Tim Sestito only to fall 6-3. The Sharks check in with a record of 18-13-2-5 (43 points) good enough for fourth place in the Atlantic Division, 12 points ahead of the Devils for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
January 14, 2011: Binghamton Senators (Top AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators). Their most recent meeting saw Alexander Vasyunov post a four-point night including two goals in a 5-4 Devils victory at Binghamton. Michael Swift and Stephen Gionta got into the act with goals of their own and goaltender Mike McKenna recorded 28 saves to stave off the B-Sens. In their first ever meeting in Albany the Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Matt Anderson’s power-play goal in the third capped off a 4-3 Albany victory. In their first ever meeting the Albany Devils traveled down I-88 to play the Binghamton Senators the end result was none too pretty. Albany was blanked 5-0 by Binghamton. The Devils trail the fifth place Senators by eleven points. Binghamton currently stands at 19-16-2-2 (42 points) and leads Albany by six points in the race for the Empire State Cup.
January 15, 2011: Springfield Falcons (Top AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets). This contest will mark the first ever between the two, though there will be many familiar faces to Albany fans. Former Albany River Rats Jay Pandolfo, Ben Guite, Steven Goertzen and recently sent down Mike Commodore have all skated for the Falcons this season. Additionally Tom Sestito, brother of the Devils Tim, plays for the Falcons. Last season the Blue Jackets housed their top prospects in Syracuse and the Falcons were affiliated with the Edmonton Oilers. The new affiliation and change in division for the club that played as the Crunch last year in the East Division seems to be working out alright thus far. The Falcons currently reside in seventh place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 18-16-1-3 (40 points).